Choughs return to Rathlin Island29/06/2011 10:29:33 Choughed with success
June 2011. RSPB Northern Ireland is celebrating a year of rare returns with the fledging of two choughs on Rathlin Island just a week after announcing the return of the golden plover to Co Fermanagh.
Working with farmers at Dunseverick and Fairhead, the RSPB has seen the tantalising prospect of the birds' reestablishment come and go over the years. However, with the purchase of land on Rathlin Island five years ago, along with the careful management of the area, the prospects of this charismatic bird greatly improved.
"This is the first time chough have bred on the nature reserve since it was bought and specifically managed for it," said Liam McFaul, RSPB Warden Rathlin Island. "Chough had bred on Rathlin two years ago, but it wasn't on our reserve. This is a testament to how nature does recover if we give it a helping hand. I speak for all of the RPSB here - our members, staff, volunteers and our partners - when I say how delighted we are and hope that this will be a sign of things to come."
Missing for 10 years
"NIEA are very pleased to see this important landmark achieved for this iconic coastal species. Hopefully, the land acquisition by RSPB and its management for chough, marks the beginning of an expansion for this vulnerable species. While the focus of interest here is the chough, this is also an example of wider conservation gains as habitat management is also beneficial for a range of plants and other animals," said Ian Enlander, NIEA.
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